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The Guardian taps former Google exec to strengthen tech industry ties

Source VentureBeat on September 4, 2014 0 Comments

U.K. newspaper the Guardian has decided to open up its first office on the U.S. West Coast, and it’s doing so by hiring former Google head of media partnerships David Gehring.

MIT Technology Review names Chris Shipley to live events team as executive producer

Source MIT Technology Review on August 27, 2014 0 Comments

MIT Technology Review announced the addition of Chris Shipley, 2013 Reynolds Fellow, to its live events team. In her role as executive producer, Shipley will draw on her years of experience in both media and events to conceptualize, program, and produce new and unique live-event experiences for the global media company.

Can native advertising succeed in small news operations?

Source MNA Bulletin on July 28, 2014 0 Comments

I’ll admit it, I’m competitive.

If somebody is doing something interesting and innovative in our industry, I want to know how they do it — and maybe learn how to do it even better.

As a consequence, I spend a fair amount of my time checking out industry blogs, e-newsletters, articles and academic research. I am also a MOOC — massive open online courses — addict.

But as an editor of a small community newspaper, this can be an exercise in frustration. The Faribault Daily News is a five-day publication with a circulation of about 5,200. Our newsroom, including me, has seven people in it.

So, when I read about some really interesting, disruptive innovation happening at The New York Times or The Washington Post or even smaller community papers like the Northwest Herald in Illinois, I tend to shake my head and wistfully note, “If only we had the resources.”

is the media today responsible enough to share the real news?

Source Vidoyen on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

is the media today responsible enough to share the real news?

Truth Goggles launches as an annotation tool for journalists

Source Poynter on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

When Dan Schultz first described Truth Goggles close to three years go, he deemed it a “magic button” that could tell you “what is true and what is false on the web site you are viewing.”

That concept – which Schultz refers to as the “fact-check the Internet approach” – attracted a decent amount of press and enthusiasm at the time. Schultz shipped some related code as a result of him developing the project while at the MIT Media Lab.

Today, nearly three years later, he’s released the first Truth Goggles product — and it’s a departure from that original vision.

J. Brian Houston Lauded for Research Activity

Source on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

J. Brian Houston, assistant professor of communication, received a 2014 Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award, which is presented to junior faculty members who demonstrate superior research and creative activity.

Professor Mitchell McKinney, chair of the Department of Communication, highlighted Houston’s strengths in his nomination letter. “In just a few short years Brian has produced a record of scholarly achievement that is quite amazing in both its rate of productivity and also its level of conceptual sophistication and theoretical development.”

Thinktomi Welcomes Chris Shipley as Board Member

Source PR News Wire on July 25, 2014 0 Comments

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Chris Shipley, a leading technology analyst for more than 25 years, has joined the board of Thinktomi, a Silicon Valley company delivering high-impact entrepreneurship and business education to an audience of all ages and backgrounds.

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Since 1984, Chris Shipley has identified startups that are driving market disruption. As leader of the DEMO Conference (1996 to 2009), she helped more than 1,500 companies go to market. A journalist, analyst and innovative thinker, Chris focuses her work on entrepreneurs who are making sustainable impact in the world.

"A rapidly shifting global economy requires a workforce educated in the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and innovative thinking, regardless of the field of endeavor," says Chris Shipley. "Thinktomi's approach to entrepreneurial education is smart, scalable and high impact and I'm delighted to join the company's Board and help steer the organization as it grows both domestically and internationally."

"Silicon Valley is the ideal location and Chris Shipley, with her rich Valley background, is the ideal board member to guide us as we continue to grow," says Thinktomi Co-Founder & CEO Manoj Fernando.

3-D news immersion: It’s almost like being there

By Bimal Balakrishnan on July 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Bimal Balakrishnan

During the next two semesters as a Reynolds Fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, Bimal Balakrishnan will explore the potential of advanced 3-D technologies for journalism and advertising.

Is it “working”? Let’s talk about metrics for mission-driven work

By Joy Mayer on July 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs

How do we know if the information we’re providing is having an impact? How do we know if our efforts are worth it? If our plan is “working“? Those questions don’t come up much if your ultimate business success can be easily quantified (dollars, users, sales, reach, etc.). But what if your goals aren’t so easily measured?

St. Louis merger: Designing a news organization to grow community connections

By Kelsey Proud on July 22, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
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The Reynolds institutional fellowship in St. Louis will focus on outreach to people and organizations who have demonstrated interest in one of four topic areas: the scientific aspects of health, education, arts or economic innovation. St. Louis Public Radio plans to use social media channels and technology-based platforms, along with more traditional journalistic techniques, to identify influencers in each topic area and map their networks.

GeekWire: The for-profit niche tech news site deep in the heart of Seattle’s startup land

By Nikki Usher on July 18, 2014 0 Comments News
Nikki Usher

GeekWire, the tech industry online news site with a specific focus on Seattle tech companies, has a similar origin story—one that begins five years earlier from deep in the bowels of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. And today, it’s got the backing of a well-known Seattle entrepreneur and a calibrated business plan that looks far different than any traditional journalism organization. What lessons does GeekWire offer, then, for the news industry?

Truth Goggles launches as an annotation tool for journalists

By Craig Silverman on July 17, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Truth Goggles

When Dan Schultz first described Truth Goggles close to three years go, he deemed it a “magic button” that could tell you “what is true and what is false on the website you are viewing.”

Can native advertising succeed in small news operations?

By Jaci Smith on July 15, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
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When I read about some really interesting, disruptive innovation happening at The New York Times or The Washington Post or even smaller community papers, I tend to shake my head and wistfully note “if only we had the resources.” We can’t afford to think like that any more — really, no one in our business can.

How the Texas Tribune wants to hack its way to audience growth

By Tim Griggs on July 7, 2014 1 Comment Blogs

The Texas Tribune has been an extraordinary success story by almost any measure. It’s seen as one of the poster children for success in the era of nonprofit news. It’s proving that sustainability, and even outright growth, is possible for serious news organizations.

Nearly all large tablet owners also use smartphones

By Roger Fidler on June 30, 2014 0 Comments News
RJI Mobile Media News Consumption

The pairing of large tablets with smartphones has important implications for news organizations. Nearly 9 in 10 large tablet owners also use smartphones according to the latest mobile media survey from RJI. Only 4 in 10 smartphone owners said they also used large tablets.

RJI in your inbox

By RJI on June 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
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Welcome to RJI’s new newsletter system. We’re implementing a new management system in July that will allow you to subscribe to one or more of our newsletters and updates based on your interests.

LION Receives Fellowship at RJI

Source Lion Digital Media on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

LION Digital Media began the development of a new planning platform for local digital advertising after being granted an institutional fellowship from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. “LION has been a strong advocate for local digital advertising for the past 8 years. By working with the RJI, we plan on making our platform available to any marketer who is trying to easily access digital advertising opportunities on local media sites and apps,” said Conrad Jungmann, LION’s founding partner.

The RJI fellowship program is focused on innovation and solutions for the news industry. Results, in the form of strategies, products or services, will be shared with news and news-related organizations. In addition to LION, companies that have received institutional fellowships for the 2014-2015 school year include: The Washington Post, St. Louis Public Radio, VML, SouthernMinn Media and The Texas Tribune.

Teaching Traditions

Source Mizzou Mag on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

Matt Sokoloff Broffman is the CEO and publisher of Bungalower, a local news website covering Orlando, Fla., neighborhoods. Instead of giving the weather report or crime coverage, the site covers other happenings in the neighborhoods, such as business openings and closings, new construction, and transportation news.

“It’s all about connecting people to where they live,” says Broffman, BJ ’07, who researched how to make local news sites profitable as a 2012–13 Reynolds Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. The site, which launched in July 2013, has more than 20,000 monthly readers.

KHS teacher selected as journalism fellow

Source Chesco Times on June 16, 2014 0 Comments

KENNETT SQUARE — Frank Vanderslice, a member of the Business and Technology Department at Kennett High School, was recently selected to be a participant as a fellow at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds School of Journalism.

Each year 35 high school teachers from around the country travel to the Reynolds Journalism Institute for the ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute. The two-week workshop, beginning July 13, teaches the core tenets of journalism and the skills needed to produce a top-notch publication or broadcast. The workshop, provided free for teachers and schools, is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and is administered by the American Society of News Editors.

Don't Be Socially Awkward

Source RadioInk on June 9, 2014 0 Comments

It's often said -- and it's true -- that radio is the original social media. But today, you also have your air talent and other staffers tweeting, posting, sharing -- maybe even pinning and Tumbling. It's all a great complement to your over-the-air presentation, letting listeners connect to stations, advertisers, and each other in unprecedented ways. But do you really understand how to make the best of these new social channels, in tandem with your existing resources, to create great new value propositions for audiences and advertisers alike?

At the "Social Media: Best Practices" panel at Radio Ink's Convergence -- coming up next week, June 4-5 in Santa Clara, in California's Silicon Valley -- panelists will uncover and explore compelling opportunities for broadcasters in social media that you may not have yet considered. Learn how you can get the best return on your investment of time and money in social media -- and the risks of using social media incorrectly or, worse, pretending it doesn't exist.